To faux bois or not to faux bois?

fauxbois2From Knack Studios (this image as spotted on Scoutie Girl).

Now that summer is nearly upon us I am excited to start some makeovers on a couple of pieces of furniture in our home including this dresser (a hand-me-down my grandmother). This dresser has been white, it's been stained dark brown, and now it's in it's natural state, waiting it's next re-do. Martha Stewart Living (May 09 issue) had a great article in it on easy painting technique projects and I'm seriously considering trying the faux-bois on this one. I found a few other samples online for inspiration. I'm just a little perplexed as to colors at the moment, any input, thoughts, experiences? Please feel free to comment or email!

dresser My dresser waiting for a makeover.

fauxboisFrom Martha Stewart Living - faux bois - paint idea - photo by Mathew Hranek

faux-bois3From the talented couple, Somethings Hiding in Here (photo of their bathroom wall cabinet.

Jan Halvarson

18 comments:

She Can't Decide said...

I keep spying Something's hiding in Here's loft and I love it every time!

I love faux bois, as long as it is not too over powering! Small bits here and there are great, but I think an entire room covered in it would be unpleasant!

Desiree Fawn said...

I'm a sucker for all things faux bois -- I'm all for it!

fresh sodapop said...

I lovvvvve faux bois! But you know, anything is good in moderation.

Back Garage said...

Love it! Must... learn... how... to do it.

Eleanor "Ellie" Richards said...

have you checked out http://itsknotwood.blogspot.com/ yet??

Kara said...

Faux Bois is awesome and as fresh sodapop said "a little goes a long way." If your nervous about venturing into faux bois try this trick. Photocopy a faux bois pattern in the color of your choice (full color or black & white) and decoupage it onto the surface of the project your working on, like the drawer fronts. I love a bright color with a tonal print.

our little love nest said...

Loving all the fun faux bois but I have to say Knack's, Rusty and Clyde are beckoning to come home with me. Great post.

kaitlin said...

Very cool! I guess I will have to go pick up the issue and try my hand at it...I have a sewing table that would be a perfect candidate.

jules said...

Jan, that dresser is gorgeous as it is! I like faux bois, but I'm not sure that I'm a fan of the bright, bright colors I've been seeing it in lately...maybe I just love the real thing too much.

tiel said...

i just love the dresser as it is!

knack said...

Thanks so much Jan for featuring my piece! You're awesome!

My piece is actually paper deco'ed onto the drawer front......but I was flippin' out when I saw the Martha version! I may have to try the tool........

My colors were kind of dictated by the paper, but I always love gray and orange or any kind of tone on tone coloring!

Alex. said...

I'll admit that I haven't been game to try it on any furniture, but I do love to use it in the backgrounds of my artwork!

I agree with the whole 'less is more idea' too. And I prefer the base and the woodgrain colour not to have too much contrast between them - a little more subtle than in-your-face - but that's just me!

Now, to find my woodgraining tool... you've got me wanting to use it again!

Ruth said...

I like the dresser as is, its a lovely thing in its natural state.

cartolina said...

I was just reading my Martha magazine on this subject. I like that green dresser - but I really wish they had put white knobs on it. Every time I look at it I think it needs knobs!
I think the table from Knack is wonderful. All these images are lovely Jan!

Thanks
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jan said...

Thank you everyone for all your input. I too like the "as it is", but perhaps I'm just feeling it needs a little lift. wondering though if skill-wise I could master this and if I could, how long I would like it before I would want to change it. Maybe I should just go with a plain paint cover job? And knobs, yes knobs, where are those knobs Fiona?

A Girl Named Me said...

A little late to the party here, but couldn't stop myself from commenting.

I don't like faux bois. I think it's gross and cheesy. I've seen it on so many surfaces (including real wood?!).

Martha Stewart loves it, though . . . so what do I know?

Cussot said...

Yes, why go from bois to faux bois? Especially considering someone probably put some sweat equity into that dresser by stripping off its original faux fumed-oak finish! Iron twig handles might be nice ...

jan said...

Thanks everyone for all you fabulous suggestions - (it was my sweaty equity that went into stripping it initially) - just getting a bit tired of it is all....

: )

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